New Frontiers in Research Fund - Explorations 2020

Program Summary

Competition Link:

New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) - 2020 Exploration Competition

Award Amount and Duration:

Up to $100,000 per year NOT inclusive of 25 % indirect costs, for up to 2 years.

Indirect Costs:

25% - must be added to the budget in addition to the direct costs

 

How to Apply

Application Stages: Two mandatory stages to apply using the Convergence Portal:

  1. Notice of Intent (NOI) - RSO deadline: August 11th, 2020
  2. Full application (by invitation only) - RSO deadline: October 13th, 2020

Please note that RSO must submit the NOIs and full applications through the NFRF Convergence Portal before the above deadlines. Thus, RSO approval is required at the NOI stage and at the full application stage. As per our usual internal approval process, a 5 business day internal deadline applies for both stages of this competition. Your Department and Faculty have additional internal deadline requirements. Please ensure that you meet the internal deadlines.

At the NOI and full application stages as part of the institutional review, RSO must confirm the following:

  1. That all participants meet the NFRF eligibility criteria and the definition of ECR (if applicable).  Written approval from all other institutions with participating Co-PIs and/or Co-Aps must be obtained using the external institution confirmation form (link)
  2. The proposed research project meets the eligibility criteria

Thus, if you have any participating Co-PIs or Co-Aps from other institutions, please send them the external institution confirmation form for completion and signoff by their Research Services Office.  Once completed and signed, the form should be emailed back to you and uploaded to the proposal request in your researcher home page (see below).

Internal approval requirements for U of A NPIs and U of A Co-PIs/Co-Aps participating in externally led applications
NOI stage 
  1. As indicated above, the NPI must send the external institution confirmation form to the institutional representative of any external Co-PIs and Co-Aps in order to obtain written institutional confirmation of their participation in the NOI. 
  2. Create a new proposal request via your Researcher Home Page (RHP) and attach a copy of the NOI and any signed institution confirmation forms obtained in 1) above as a single PDF document.
  3. Submit the proposal request for online approvals to meet the internal deadlines listed in the table below.
Full application stage 
  1. As required by NFRF, if any NEW Co-PIs or Co-Aps from other institutions have been added since the NOI stage, the external institution confirmation form will need to be sent to those individuals’ institutional Research Services Office to obtain written confirmation of participation of those new team members.
  2. Create a new proposal request via the Researcher Home Page (RHP) and attach a copy of the full application and any new external institution confirmation form obtained in 1) above as a single PDF document.
  3. Submit the proposal request for online approvals to meet the internal deadlines listed in the table below.

Please contact your Research Facilitator if you have any questions about the internal requirements and/or deadlines.

Grant Development Support

The RSO Research Relationships team will support University of Alberta NFRF Exploration Nominated Principal Investigators by offering the following support:

  • Library of previously funded Exploration applications
  • EDI and GBA+ workshop - early to mid September

Summary of Grant Development Support for Applicants and Important Deadlines

 

Activity

Deadline

 

Request a copy of a successful Explorations application from a previous competition

Individuals submitting a Notice of Intent will be emailed directly.

 

EDI and GBA+ workshop

Registration deadline TBD

 

Internal deadline to submit NOI proposal request to RSO for institutional review and approval.  Check with your Department. and Faculty for additional internal deadlines

By 4:30 pm

Tuesday August 11th, 2020

 

Deadline for NPI to submit NOI via Convergence Portal

By 10 am

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

 

NFRF Program - 2020 Exploration Full Application Webinar

August 25th – 2020 Exploration Full Application – French
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time
Enregistrement en français
Présentation

August 25th – 2020 Exploration Full Application – English
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time
English Recording 
Slide Deck
Q&A record

August 25th, 2020 

English Recording

French Recording

Recordings of the Full Application walkthrough on the Convergence Portal. The recordings are about 15 min long. You will find below the links to the recordings for each official language:

English version  Password: jF9wTCmS

French version  Password: sPc9BmfC

 

 

Convergence Portal opens for full application 

August 25th, 2020

 

Internal deadline to submit full application proposal request to RSO for institutional review and approval.  Check with your Department and Faculty for additional internal deadlines

By 4:30 pm

Tuesday October 13th, 2020

 

Deadline for NPI to submit full application via Convergence Portal

By 10 am

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020